Are you bullying yourself? #fightfattalk

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 30, 2013

Are you bullying yourself?!? 

Check out what happened when these women walked into a clothing store with fat talk messages all around the store and on clothing tags.

How would you react if you were in that store? What would you be thinking about your thinking?

Like I said a few weeks ago, it’s time to take control of the fat talk. I love that Kellogg’s is encouraging women and men everywhere to pull in the mental reigns on what we tell ourselves. It’s time to keep that inner “thought ticker” from falling into the pit of negative fat talk and turn it around…for your own good and your own sanity.

I’m guilty of it. Caught myself several times over Christmas week…but then something cool happened. My husband knows that I really want to get back into running. After each of the 3 older boys, I managed to squeeze in a half marathon between pregnancies. Cuatro is almost a year old and I’ve only been out on a handful of runs. He suggested that we should run a 5K together in a few weeks. The cool part about our exchange happened in my head…my first thought, was oh good…I will feel so much better and have more energy with regular exercise and training for this 5K. Then my next thought was…perhaps this will jump start me into half marathon training again.  And the third thought…I’ll likely shed a few pounds in the process!

The pounds and fat talk thought wasn’t the first thought. It was the third. And my focus is my health, and motivation and achieving goals…not pounds! This is turning the negative into the positive y’all…and we need to work hard at this every day!

It’s a “one step forward, two steps back, one step forward” kind of process…but we keep marching!

With a fresh clean slate and the turning of the year this week, now is a great time to write down some ideas on how you can fight those pesky inner thoughts and what you can do to make them positive – journal, talk to a friend, ask for accountability, share openly with your spouse or significant other. Make it your goal in 2014 to improve your self image and self esteem with a battle against the fat talk.

Visit www.FightFatTalk.com to help SHHHHut down Fat Talk (#FightFatTalk).

Disclosure: I am working with Kellogg’s to help you (and me!) #fightfattalk and regain control of how we see ourselves. Opinions and conversations are my own.


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BarlowGirl December 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

My face is ALWAYS fat. Same as the rest of me. I look fat in everything I wear. I probably do have a muffin top at times. My thighs are fat. My arms are fat. My stomach is fat. I am fat. That? Is not a bad thing. The fact that it’s framed as a bad thing – including MULTIPLE forms of self-hate being called “fattalk”? That’s damaging. As in the fact that Special K steals ideas and art from fat activists and uses them to shell weight loss.

Which, by the way, fails 90% of the time.

I’ve been subscribed to this blog for probably a couple years now, but this is hurtful. It’s damaging. It’s a commercial for weight loss, let’s be honest. Because if saying that I’m fat is bad, when I am, isn’t that the same as saying fat is bad? Why am I not allowed to accurately and honestly describe my body and have that be positive? I’m very, very disappointed and if you’re going to be pushing weight loss companies, I won’t be sticking around.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom December 31, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hey BarlowGirl,

(Just curious…are you related to the Barlow Girls group…because I know their family!)

Anyways…this isn’t meant to be a commercial for weight loss. It’s meant to open up a conversation about how we talk to ourselves, in our own heads. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about being confident in who you are and accepting yourself for who you are. Sounds to me like you’ve done a good job of accepting who you are, so kudos to you!

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Andria January 1, 2014 at 11:33 am

It’s reins, not reigns. Reigns refers to royalty; reins to horses.

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